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destruction that justified a war, the invasion of the united states. we are still searching for those weapons. they didn't exist. thousands of americans lost their lives. we could have a hearing on that if you'd like. >> ifill: while the benghazi attack was the main focus, secretary clinton also turned her attention to upheaval elsewhere in north africa. >> benghazi did not happen in a vacuum. the arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region. instability in mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we saw just last week in algeria. >> ifill: in mali, elements of al qaeda in the islamic maghreb, known as a.q.i.m., have seized a large swath of territory, prompting france to intervene militarily with air power and ground troops. the u.s. military is providing transport flights to aid the french, and clinton said other assistance is under consideration. >> it is a necessary struggle. we cannot permit northern mali to become a safe haven. people say to me all the
of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is running short. >> brown: congress has until march to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a government default. most republicans have insisted that with the government facing another trillion dollar deficit this year, any increase in borrowing authority must be tied to cuts in spending. the president flatly disagreed. >> i want to be clear about this. the debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending. so while i'm willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits, america cannot afford another debate with this congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up. >> brown: the 2011 stand-off between the president and republicans over the debt ceiling led the nation to the bryning of national default. standard and poors even lowered its rating on u.s. government bonds. today, president obama said any repeat performance would be, quote, irresponsib
channel of reconciliation taking place. and during those meetings both afghanistan and united states agreed to support mover a u.s. lead air force which is based out of dojas qatar. >> brown: doesn't much of this depend on the notion that there has been great success by the u.s. forces and afghan force and now afghan forces can keep the ball going so to speak against the taliban? is that the case? >> well, when you travel to afghanistan you do see the afghan security forces require a lot more capabilities but ability to gather intelligence, air transport, having canons and type, still to rely on nato forces to provide that that is ask president karzai is asking for these things so the afghan security forces can operate more independently. >> brown: what do you think of the assessment of the security forces. >> i would agree, there is a big question of fiscal responsibility. things are moving in the right direction. the combat forces have taken over the combat role and now 75% of the country, but it will go up to 90% soon as the president mentioned. but missing in the discussions, and
to women, many in army and marine infantry units. commanders will have to decide whether women will be eligible for elite forces, such as the navy seals and the army's delta force. >> let me be clear-- we're not talking about reducing the qualifications for the job-- if they can meet the qualifications for the job then they should have right to serve, regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation. >> brown: the move drew wide praise from women's groups and others. but one former member of delta force, now with the conservative family research council called the move another social experiment. jerry boykin, said in a statement that commanders will now have the distraction of having to provide some separation of the genders during fast moving and deadly situations. is it worth placing this burden on small unit leaders? i think not. panetta's announcement followed a house hearing yesterday on sexual misconduct in the military. a recent study found that in 2012 alone there were some 800 reported incidents. but general dempsey said ending the ban on women in combat w
the european union and the united states and to some extent the african union as well. >> suarez: why does this, mary jane deeb, immediately implicate eu? >> well, because once you attack the infrastructure which produces oil, gas and which link africa to europe, then you can create havoc in the institution of oil. and so it is important. i mean the french understood the importance of the movement in mali. they understood that as professor vandewalle was saying that once you have a movement, once you take over power w it's not simply, you know, e ploding a car here or there t is actually take over power in mali, then similar movements would be allowed to do the same in the region. >> suarez: so you buy it that the algerians under muktar are acting under sympathy with those in mali. >> absolutely. i have no doubt that the radical islamists in nrt africa and those who are in neighboring countries including in nigeria are in sympathy. so and this is what the french want to stop. and the algerian government as well. because algeria itself is not that stable and could be further destabilized by the
to american spehr convenience abroad. he's i think very skeptical that the united states, when it exercises its force abroad, is doing the right thing, is helping the good. >> you can say that about a man who volunteered to go to vietnam? >> i don't think that's a relevant issue. i think it's quite noble and honorable that he did so. i think if you asked his friend, say, senator mccain, who also went to vietnam and suffered quite horribly, they have a different view about the exercise. >> fair enough. about american power. ifill: do you think that that vietnam experience and how it has influenced whatever his thinking is today is a good thing or a bad thing? >> i would say in senator hagel's case it has been a profound... it has had a profound impact on him. he's the first generation of what you might call the vietnam syndrome. he's scared of the use of force abroad. i would just suggest that since world war ii i think the order that we have known, the prosperous more or less peaceful order that we have known as been because of the exercise of american power abroad. i think senator hagel wa
see as israel's dilemma: if iran's leaders won't agree to halt enrichment and the united states doesn't act, should israel strike on its own? the reason it might: as iran expands its program and drives it underground, israel's timeline to attack is much shorter than washington's. >> we do have a very good air force but your air force has more capabilities that we are not possessing, take for b2 bomber. we have only fighters bombs. >> reporter: general yadlin should know, he flew a fighter- bomber in the daring, 1981 mission to destroy saddam hussein's nuclear reactor in iraq, a strike washington tried to dissuade. >> you know the americans can wait until they really see the iranians really breaking it out. for the israelis it will be too late. >> reporter: yet many in israel's military and intelligence establishment, even yadlin, are cautioning netanyahu not to rush ahead of the u.s. this time, at least not yet. >> the vast majority of the military and intelligence people do not believe that a military strike today will be effective enough. look at the way the iranians have scattered
violence in the united states, president obama will announce an initiative tomorrow to include restrictions on guns and ammunition. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we get the latest on the administration proposals and on measures being discussed in several state legislatures. >> woodruff: plus we have two separate interviews about the gun debate, with delaware governor jack markell and national rifle association president david keene. >> brown: then, spencer michels asks california governor jerry brown if his fiscal turnaround-- from a $27 billion deficit to a balanced budget-- offers a lesson for the nation. . >> you have to make tough choices. you have to live within your means. that means you have to not do everything you want to but you also have to raise more money. >> woodruff: and ray suarez examines a surge in suicides by u.s. troops last year, far exceeding the number killed in combat in afghanistan. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> sailing through the he
in the united states. but every single country if you take mali, look at mauritania to the west of mali, look to the east of mali you have niger, huge uranium deposits in niger, fourth largest producer in the world. these are the kinds of things that could happen to each of these areas and they could then spread south into other parts of africa. the french difference the ivory coast is another big factor in all of this and it allows them a logistical jumping off point for the conflict in mali. but it's also a vulnerable area which has had its own difficulties of late. >> suarez: you mentioned the arab spring. was the fall of qaddafi and libya something that lit the fuse across these other countries? >> i wouldn't say it lit the fuse. i call it -- to follow on that metaphor perhaps it would be accelerant. there was always a spark. northern mali had been marginalized politically and economically for some time. the tuaregs were seeking some legitimate grievances to be redressed but then suddenly you had fighters who would experienced freed up former mercenaries of qaddafi. you had enormous stock
commended the french for this effort. the united nations has supported what the french are doing. and our hope is that we can work with the french to provide whatever assistance we can >> sreenivasan: france had originally said it would mainly provide support for a military intervention by mali's african neighbors. those countries have pledged thousands of troops to the campaign. 2012 was the earth's tenth warmest year on record and marked the hottest year for the contiguous united states ever. that's according to scientists at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, which has recorded global temperatures for more than 13 decades. the u.s. had its hottest year ever but cooler weather elsewhere kept the global average from being even higher. wal-mart rolled out a plan today to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next five years. the retailing giant said it will offer a job to any honorably discharged vet in the first year after active duty. wal-mart also announced plans to buy an extra $50 billion in u.s.-made goods over the next decade. wall street labored today to make s
of the syrian civil war. just last week, the same united nations left more or less wringing its hands, its diplomats saying talking is the only way out of this bleed stalemate but nobody wants to talk seriously. neither side wants to talk directly to the other at all right now. >> sreenivasan: in another development, the family of american journalist james foley announced he's missing in syria. he was seized by gunmen, near the turkish border, in late november. in india, several thousand women staged a new protest over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student, who died of her injuries. the protesters held a silent march in new delhi, to the gandhi memorial. they called for reforms in the justice system and a national focus on sexual violence. the six suspects in the gang rape and murder are to be formally charged tomorrow. the u.s. coast guard kept close watch today on a grounded oil drilling barge in the gulf of alaska. the royal dutch shell barge was being towed monday night when it broke loose in stormy conditions. since then, rough seas have hampered efforts to board the drilling
you so solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> woodruff: the ceremony came just hours after the old congress worked down to the wire, passing the fiscal cliff legislation. and, president obama, on vacation in hawaii, signed the bill into law on wednesday. on the senate floor today, republican minority leader mitch mcconnell, tookote of the week's events. >> i'd like to welcome everybody back after what i realize was a somewhat abbreviated recess. >> woodruff: mcconnell's minority will be smaller still in the new senate. democrats now have 53 seats to 45 republicans and two independents will caucus with the democrats. in all, there are 12 newly elected senators: eight democrats, three republicans and one independent, angus king of maine. and five women won seats, bringing the total to 20-- th mo ever. some other notables: tammy baldwin of wisconsin, the first openly gay person elected to the senate. and mazie hirono of hawaii, the first asian american woman. both are democrats. on the republican
.e.o. of the advocacy group policy link in oakland. the reverend adam hamilton of the united methodist church of the resurrection in leawood, kansas, and author of "when christians get it wrong." as we saw, he delivered today's sermon at the prayer service. ramesh ponnuru, senior editor at the "national review," columnist for "bloomberg view," and visiting fellow with the american enterprise institute. and trey grayson. he was the republican secretary of state in kentucky, and is now director of the institute of politics at harvard university. welcome to all of you. angela glover blackwell, i think ilstart with you. what did you hear in that speech? what vision was the president putting out this yesterday? >> i heard a leader who is prepared to honestly take the american people into the future, a leader who wants america to return to first principles of equality, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness but tie them to the reality of today. i heard a leader who understands that our today's reality, becoming a nation in which the majority will be people of color very soon, is a nation that has t
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